Fighting rages in east Ukraine despite bid to revive truce

February 19th, 2015  
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Topic: Fighting rages in east Ukraine despite bid to revive truce

By Gleb Garanich and Anton Zverev ARTEMIVSK/VUHLEHIRSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Fighting raged in parts of east Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a stillborn ceasefire, a day after pro-Russian separatists spurned the truce by forcing thousands of government troops out of a strategic town. Western nations are refusing to give up on a peace deal brokered by France and Germany last week even though the rebels disavowed it to seize the important railway hub of Debaltseve. Kiev fears they are massing for an assault near the major port of Mariupol. Thousands of weary and demoralised soldiers withdrew from Debaltseve on Wednesday in one of the worst defeats suffered by Kiev during 10 months of fighting in which more than 5,000 people have been killed.


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